Samsung has officially banned its employees from using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT due to growing concerns about security risks. The company has warned staff that using AI tools like Google Bard and Bing, which store information on external servers, could pose a security risk. The ban will apply to its internal networks and company-owned devices.
Italy Lifts National Ban on ChatGPT
Meanwhile, Italy has lifted its national ban on ChatGPT after OpenAI complied with the nation’s privacy regulator’s demand for more disclosure and privacy tools. OpenAI recently announced a new set of privacy controls in compliance with a regulatory suspension from the EU. The Italian government was concerned that the chatbot breached EU data protection laws and the GDPR. OpenAI responded by blocking all Italian IP addresses in early April.
Employees Warned of Disciplinary Action
Samsung has warned employees still using AI tools not to submit any company information involving any Samsung intellectual properties or risk “disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.” The company is developing internal AI tools for translating and summarizing documents, but the main issue is that conversations with AI chatbots are used to train its language learning model. This means that details from secret product meetings are stored on a server that employees cannot access.
OpenAI Implements New Privacy Controls
Despite some places banning ChatGPT, other places like Italy have unbanned the generative AI chatbot. The Italian SA “acknowledges the steps forward made by OpenAI to reconcile technological advancements with respect for the rights of individuals, and it hopes that the company will continue in its efforts to comply with European data protection legislation.” Samsung is also reviewing security measures to create a secure environment for safely using generative AI to enhance employees’ productivity and efficiency.